Archive | Music in the Hospital

What are Therapeutic Characteristics of Music?

Tweet We all know that music makes us feel better!  It has therapeutic characteristics that affect our body-mind-spirit in a way that nothing else can do!  You actually don’t even have to hear the music around you; you can hear it in your head and have the same effect!!  You can whistle it or hum […]

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Music in the Operating Room: For surgeons, this time

Tweet Music and medicine are deeply connected. But what kind of music should your surgeon really be listening to? BY RAHUL PARIKH iStockphoto/lisagagne/Salon PopRX is a new weekly column about the intersection of pop culture and medicine. In 1889 Nietzsche wrote, “Without music life would be a mistake.” As someone who regularly spends a chunk […]

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Fear of the Dentist: How much could music headphones help?

Tweet Nearly one-quarter of all Americans avoid dentists because they’re afraid, according to American Dental Association surveys. And the fear comes in many forms. In an attempt to win back fearful patients, dentists like Dr. Eda Ellis in New York offer spa-like services. WSJ’s health columnist Melinda Beck reports. There’s fear of pain, fear of […]

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Anxiety reduction through music

Patient anxiety reduced with proper music

Tweet Patient anxiety can be debilitating before surgery of any kind.  We’ve known for a long time that listening to calm, comforting, soothing music before surgery could do the same thing as the drugs…and without the risk of adverse reactions.   Overly and unnecessarily sedating the patient should be avoided.  Today another study appeared also […]

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Using Music to prevent Bed Sores in Nursing Homes?

Tweet I was thrilled to open my local newspaper this morning (the Louisville Courier-Journal) and find a major news story about how music is being used in Kentucky nursing homes to prompt the staff to re-position patients who are bed-ridden.  Enjoy! Bedsores can be a serious problem for the elderly, but a University of Cincinnati […]

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Components of Healing Music: Ostinato

Tweet While teaching my “Intro to Healing Music” class the other day, the topic of the ostinato came up.   We were talking about the importance of people feeling “grounded” in order for healing to take place.  When people feel like they are connected to something stable and solid, then they can relax enough to let […]

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